New Milford resident Hobson Lopes recently launched a crowd-funding program on Kickstarter for his cookbook, "Men Cook Too: Easy to Follow Recipes for Men."

Lopes is hoping to earn the funds needed so he can get his book professionally formatted, published and printed.

"It will be a great addition to any kitchen," Lopes said.

Lopes, 28, is a 2012 graduate of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, where he earned a bachelor's degree in professional writing.

The campaign will run until Dec. 1.

Supporters may choose different pledge levels that will reward them with copies of the paperback book, e-book or a visit by Lopes for a home-cooked meal for up to six people.

"Men Cook Too" is catered to men that don't know where to start when it comes to getting in the kitchen to cook.

Basic recipes found online and in cookbooks are too technical for many men, and that is one of the main reasons why Lopes decided to write the book.

"When men see recipes in magazines or in cookbooks, they are often too difficult to understand," Lopes said. "In `Men Cook Too,' men will get step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow and easier to replicate."

The book will feature dozens of recipes, from breakfast, lunch and dinner meals to appetizers, desserts and party cocktails.

Among his personal favorite recipes included in the book are sauteed pork loin with an apple butter sauce, apple cider donut bread pudding, traditional Spanish sangria and bacon and gouda-wrapped chicken.

The cookbook will be printed in full color with vibrant pictures that will demonstrate what each dish should look like, making it easier to replicate.

It will be at least 60 pages and will be formatted professionally in an easy-to-read manner.

"I want to make sure that men can get in the kitchen and feel comfortable cooking any meal," Lopes said. "With `Men Cook Too,' guys will be able to do more than run the grill station at summer barbecues."

To support the campaign, potential backers can visit the Kickstarter page directly through http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1350937915/men-cook-too-easy-to-follow-recipes-for-men-cookbook and can follow the status of the campaign on the Men Cook Too blog (www.mencooktoo.com).